Braithwaite 437

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1 Political Science 437 American Security Policy Alex Braithwaite Office: C366A Clark Office Hours: MW 2-4p (& by appt.) Fall 2006 MWF: 9.00a-9.50a C 106 Aylesworth Phone: 970.491.6424 COURSE OVERVIEW This course will analyze American Security policy since WWII. The class will focus heavily upon the specific doctrines that have defined security interests and policies since the decision was taken to employ atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The class will draw upon primary and secondary documents, as well as a number of films detailing the motivations and theories underlying the evolution of America’s national security strategies across the past six to seven decades. Ultimately, we will attempt to provide an historical context for the current administration’s national security strategy, with a view toward identifying the future course of this set of policies. Central to this goal is recognition of the idea that as political scientists we are interested in identifying and responding to positive questions (which address how and why events occurred) rather than normative questions (which address what should be done). This is to say that we will, throughout, prioritize the maintenance of objectivity in our assessment of particular foreign policy decisions. READING MATERIALS One text is required for this class: 1) Art, Robert J., & Kenneth N. Waltz. 2004. The Use of Force: Military Power and International Politics. 6 th Edn. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield. (ISBN: 0-7425-2556-2.) I will make additional reading assignments available in plenty of time ahead of the class period for which they are assigned. In addition to the readings listed on the schedule below, it is expected that you will each maintain a general awareness of the current events shaping our international arena. As such you are strongly encouraged to read a newspaper with international coverage such as the New York Times . As an alternative, students are advised to visit or to receive up-to-date news on international affairs. You are all encouraged to integrate news of current affairs within our daily discussions and within your exam and paper responses. COURSE REQUIRMENTS, GRADING, AND PROTOCOL
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